1. Double Points on Southwest Flights
Via Deals we Like, Southwest if extending the double points offer for booking paid flights AND traveling on those flights up to June 15, 2013. You can register for the promotion via this page on the Southwest website.
You will earn double points which you can redeem for flights AND earn double elite status points, as long as you book and complete your travel by June 15, 2013.
This means that you will earn
- 12 points (instead of six points) per $1 on Wanna Get Away fares.
- 20 points (instead of ten points) per $1 on Anytime Fares
- 24 points (instead of the standard 12 points) per $1 on Business Select Fares
Each Southwest point is worth 1.67 cents towards the cheapest Wanna Get Away fares, so you’re getting 20 cents back per $1 spent or a 20% discount (12 Southwest points X 1.67 cents per Southwest point) for booking the cheapest Wanna Get Away fares.
You can cancel your paid Southwest flights for free and get a credit valid for 1 year from when you made the booking. So it doesn’t hurt to see if the current prices for your upcoming trip are the same or lower than when you booked, and register for the double promotion and re-book.
2. Bonus Aeroplan Miles Via Partners
Loyalty Lobby writes that Aeroplan, the frequent flyer program for Air Canada, is offering bonus miles for select partner activity, through August 31, 2013.
The contest is specifically targeted for Canadians, so it is unclear if US residents are excluded from the contest or if they are excluded from the partner earning as well.
Go to Aeroplan’s Around the World page on Facebook, then click the “Like” button.
Enter your Aeroplan frequent flyer number on the next page. Then click the “Register Now” button.
After registering, you will be able to earn bonus miles through the following partner offers:
3. 30% Bonus on Purchases of United Miles
The Points Guy writes that United is offering up to a 30% discount on purchases of miles, through May 20, 2013. These miles can either be bought or gifted to someone else.
Just like with American’s bonus for purchases of miles, the bonus miles awarded vary based on the total number of miles purchased. In fact, the tiered bonus structure for buying United miles is almost exactly the same as American Airlines’:
- Purchase/Gift 20,000 to 29,000 Miles = Earn 5,000 Bonus Miles
- Purchase/Gift 30,000 to 39,000 Miles = Earn 8,250 Bonus Miles
- Purchase/Gift 40,000+ Miles = Earn 12,000 Bonus Miles
Buying miles usually doesn’t make sense unless you need to top off your account for an award, or unless you’ve done the math to see that it makes sense for you. As always, just because something is on “sale” doesn’t mean it is a good deal!
Through this offer, you can purchase up to 100,000 miles, which is the maximum you can purchase in any one year. Also, your MileagePlus account must have been opened for at least 10 days.
Here’s a link to the Terms and Conditions of the promotion.
4. Discounted Award Tickets to Las Vegas
American Airlines is offering discounted award tickets to Las Vegas through May 31, 2013. Through this offer, award tickets from within the continental US to Las Vegas are only 10,000 miles, each way. But it really isn’t worth it because of black-out days and the $75 close-in ticketing fee unless you were going to go to Las Vegas in any case.
I did a quick search for flights out from Kansas City, and American Airlines website showed the award price as 10,000 miles each way for travel before May 31, 2013.
However, travel from May 23, 2013 to May 25, 2013 and May 27, 2013 to May 28, 2013 is excluded from this offer, per the Terms and Conditions. So you just have a few days to take advantage of this offer!
In addition, booking an award during before May 31, 2013 will cost you $75 extra for a close-in ticketing fee. So this isn’t really worth it unless you wanted to go to Los Vegas in any case.